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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of Australia's World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.

Climate Action Leader

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has achieved Climate Action Leader certification. This demonstrates the we are undertaking an advanced level of adaptation, emissions reduction and offsetting. We are ensuring to measure our carbon footprint and continually working on new innovative sustainable practices to further our journey towards our goal of 100% renewable energy by 2020.

GOLD FOR ECOTOURISM

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has won gold in the ‘Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism’ at the annual Queensland Tourism Awards held on Friday 10th November at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The ‘Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism’ recognises ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that foster environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.

It's a mer-icle!

Incredible footage shows 'real life mermaid' swimming with Giant Manta Rays in the Great Barrier Reef Mermaid Melissa recently spent time swimming with manta rays in Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. Read More

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Australian Traveller’s 10 most memorable places

In the past 10 years, the Australian Traveller team has been to some pretty special places and had some amazing experiences across this great continent of ours (we’ve sky dived, swam with sharks, ridden Harley-Davidsons and trekked through the outback, purely for research of course). So we often get asked that tough question: what has been your favourite place so far? Read more

Lady Elliot Island – swimming with turtles

Turtle soup! I love turtle soup! First time and I am a fan. Conservationists relax, I am not eating turtle soup, I am swimming in it. It could also be a bouillabaisse, as there are so many other fish about. Lady Elliot Island, at the southernmost end of the Australian Great Barrier Reef and a mere 120km from Hervey Bay, is turtle paradise. Read more

Role models on Lady Elliot

On our recent trip to Lady Elliot Island Emmie was exposed to a lot of new experiences - snorkelling, learning about sharks and manta rays and protecting the environment. The best part of this experience is that the people who were teaching her, and the people she was spending a lot of time with, were young tertiary educated women who were experts in their fields,  involved in environmental research projects and passionate about the marine environment. 

The magic of Lady Elliot Island

Have you ever had a holiday where it's just...right? It's not forced wonderfulness, it's not Bula every 20 metres, it's not taking pics of five star luxury to impress your friends. IT. JUST. IS. WONDERFUL. That's Lady Elliot. She is not out to impress. She is not out to show off. She is there and she is magical.

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Exploring the Great Barrier Reef at Lady Elliot Island

As one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, visiting the Great Barrier Reef has always been high up on my travel bucket list. I even went as far as exploring it on Google Street View Oceans when it first came out. But thanks to FlyScoot and Tourism and Events Queensland, I finally got the chance when they approached me after reading my story on how I quit my job to travel the world on a budget with 16k savings.

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Dive of discovery off the Great Barrier Reef

I roll backwards off the pontoon boat and sink into the ocean depths. Fresh air and blue sky are forgotten as I descend into a silent world to meet whatever lies beneath. Settling on the fine white sand at 23 metres, I'm within sight of a kaleidoscopic coral reef outcrop known as the Lighthouse Bommie, so named because it's straight out from the old lighthouse on Lady Elliot Island, the southernmost island on the Great Barrier Reef. Read More

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